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Annie Dehaney-Steven, Lecturer in Maths, Functional Skills and GCSE at the College, showed a different side when she and her band Indigo Shades provided the music at a hugely successful ‘Pink Gin’ event held in aid of charity Shelter Box. The event raised £3,000 – three times the original target – which will provide relief for people in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo.

Singer Annie and her three bandmates played a selection of jazz numbers at the outdoor event on 4 September, organised by Rotary Club Putney. Guests, who paid a door fee, enjoyed an afternoon of great music, delicious Middle Eastern food and, of course, pink gin! The venue, food, drink, music and items for a special auction were donated by local businesses and individuals.

Shelter Box is a British charity that provides boxes of essentials specifically designed to protect a maximum of 16 people against the sudden onset of extreme conditions such as toxic threat and flooding.

Annie says, “The plan was to raise £1,000 – enough to buy one Shelter Box. The event actually raised enough money to buy three! I’m delighted to have been able to contribute to such a great afternoon and support the besieged residents of Aleppo.”

 

The College is holding a special event to introduce a new free online training resource for anyone interested in learning about English, Turkish or Italian cuisine.

The launch of SNACKS (Short Non-Accredited Catering Knowledge and Skills) – a web-based learning hub aimed at chefs and trainee chefs – will take place at the Blended Learning Centre, Lewisham campus on 25th October from 3 to 5pm. Around 60 guests from local colleges, schools, hotels and restaurants will gather to hear a presentation on the new resource by our Head of Learning Technology Patricia Forrest while enjoying some nibbles created by our Hospitality students.

The new resource offers a range of interactive courses which are mainly aimed at Level 2 learners but with some dishes and local specialities from other levels. Each course includes videos and quizzes and is available in English, Turkish and Italian, with a leading chef from each country providing the recipes.

SNACKS is an Erasmus plus funded project developed in partnership with Italy and Turkey. To find out more about SNACKS, visit http://snacks.academy

Want to come to the opening event? Just register here: http://bit.ly/2cG9xM2

Learners on our BTEC Business Level 3 Extended Diploma showed off their selling, marketing and organisational skills when taking part in the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on 3rd October.

The team of students worked tirelessly to organise the coffee morning, which took place in the foyer of Southwark campus, and succeeded in raising £120 for Macmillan – a charity which supports people with cancer.




As well as getting staff, friends and family to donate home baked and mouth-watering treats that even Mary Berry would have been proud of, the Business students were meticulous in their organisation of the event, putting into practice the business theories that they learnt in their ‘Managing a Business Event’ unit. This included publicising the event in advance through a poster campaign, liaising with Estate staff, and convincing other students and staff to donate cakes!

Course Lecturer Rahman Abdullah said, “We are very proud of our students, who really put their learning into action to stage this event. The money they have raised is going to a great cause and we’d like to thank all students and staff for their generous donations on the day.”

 

 

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Students on our level 3 Animation Graphic Design Filmmaking and Motion Graphic courses got an amazing insight into the creative industries recently when they visited four of London’s leading production houses in Soho.

The industry day was organised by Andy Fowler, Creative Director of Brothers and Sisters advertising agency, and Head of the College’s Department of Art and Design Natalie Garner. Throughout the day, students got to meet and talk to key figures in the animation and film industry.

At The Line Animation studio they were given a talk by Wes Louis about his journey as an animator and illustrator, which was followed by a visit to Work Editorial where successful editor Art Jones spoke about his work on Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ video and the ‘Twilight Saga’ films.

The students then visited Rattling Stick studio and met Sara Dunlop, one of the top three female directors in the industry. Sara told the group that most people entering the industry begin at the bottom as ‘runners’, but eventually get their big break through perseverance. The final visit of the day was to Wave Studios where students enjoyed a talk by Sound Designer Parv Thind, who has worked with big names like Kate Winslet, Samuel L Jackson and David Beckham.

Parv said, “It was nice to see such a diverse cultural set of people who want to work in this industry. When I started 25 years ago there was only a handful of people who were from an ethnic minority, but the industry has changed and everyone can do this. The internet has made it easily accessible.”

The industry day was part of a bigger, three year project to encourage students who might not ordinarily see a way of getting into the creative industries, because of their social and economic backgrounds, to find out what it takes to succeed.

Natalie commented, “The aim is for students to gain work experience via internships and mentoring – and many students on the day took advantage of this by making connections with speakers. I am now working with Andy to organise two more visits during this academic year to other production companies.”

 

 

Huge congratulations go to Debbie Western, who worked at the College (Southwark campus) for 22 years, and has just been named ‘Funeral Florist of the Year’ in the Good Funeral Awards.


Debbie’s personal passion for flowers and unrivalled gift for creating floral displays for funerals has been recognised not only with the award but also a place in the Good Florists’ Guide – joining the elite of florists in the UK. She has built up an amazing reputation both in her local community and further afield, providing the flowers for a number of celebrity clients among others, and recently set up business in a new shop, Debbie Western Flowers in Rotherhithe.

Having started at the College as a student back in 1976, Debbie returned to Southwark College (as it was then) as lecturer, and went on to become Head of Floristry. During her time in the Department she trained many students who went on to become talented florists – including Louise Roffey, the current Head of Department. She says, “I taught Louise as a 16 year old and she always said that when she got married she wanted me to do her bouquet. When she got married this summer, she was true to her word and I was delighted to be of service!”

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